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Conference June 7-10, 2012 in Cardiff, Wales
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Cardiff, Wales

Dylan Thomas Tour

4 days/4 nights
June 3-6 or June 10-14

Dylan Thomas was one of the most significant writers of the twentieth century. He was born on October 27, 1914 at No 5, Cwmdonkin Drive in Swansea, South Wales and died on November 9, 1953 in St Vincent's Hospital, New York. During his lifetime he wrote many great poems, including 'Fern Hill', 'The hunchback in the park' and of course 'Do not go gentle into that good night'. He is also famous for writing the 'play for voices' Under Milk Wood, and the collection of stories, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog.

On the Dylan Thomas Tour you will visit the places and see the landscapes from which Dylan drew so much of his inspiration. You will literally see the sources of his poetry.


Day One

(Pre- Tour) Arrive into London Heathrow Airport where you will be met by your guide.
(Post- Tour) You will be collected from your Cardiff Hotel by your guide.

Overnight Swansea.

Day Two

Visit the Dylan Thomas Centre:
The Dylan Thomas Centre has a permanent exhibition on Dylan Thomas and his life.

Visit 5 Cwmdonkin Drive:
5 Cwmdonkin Drive has been carefully restored over the past three years to its condition when bought as a new house by the Thomas family in 1914 just a few months before Dylan Marlais Thomas was born in the front bedroom.

Overnight Swansea.

Day Three - Laugharne

Thomas first moved to Laugharne in 1937, living in a fisherman's cottage before moving to 'Sea View', and finally returning to live in 'The Boat House' at Laugharne in 1949. He lived there with his wife, Caitlin, and children, Colm, Aeronwy and Llewelyn until the time of his death. Dylan is buried at St Martins Church, in the village.

You will visit many of the places frequented by Thomas including 'The Boat House' which is largely as it was when the family lived there.

Overnight Laugharne.

Day Four - Aberystwyth & New Quay

Visit the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth which houses some of Dylan Thomas' personal items. The collection includes a map he drew of the fictitious Llanreggub, whilst writing Under Milk Wood, Dylan's passport, letters addressed to him 1952-1953 and an unfinished poem 'Elegy' which Thomas wrote during his time in the US, shortly before he died.

Following your visit to Aberystwyth you will visit New Quay. The Thomas family moved to New Quay in 1944. Many believe that New Quay is the 'cliff-perched town at the far end of Wales' immortalised by Dylan Thomas in 'Under Milk Wood'. Dylan Thomas lived in a little house called 'Majoda' atop the cliffs opposite the town.

You will Walk the Dylan Thomas Trail in New Quay which takes in many of the places either frequented by Thomas or believed to be mentioned in 'Under Milk Wood'.

Overnight New Quay.

Day Five - Morning Departure


Accommodation and meals will be included. Participants should advise if they have any dietary restrictions or food allergies. Itinerary is subject to change.

© Crown copyright (2011) Visit Wales

© Crown copyright (2011) Visit Wales

© Crown copyright (2011) Visit Wales

© Crown copyright (2011) Visit Wales
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Tour Bookings - Deadline is April 1, 2012

For all pre/post tour bookings and enquiries please liaise with Bob Titley at The Robert Titley Consultancy (the Visit Wales PR Agency in North America) - Email or Telephone 917 690 8418.
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